The Strong Bones Program’s mission is to help you improve your bone strength and prevent fractures. Fractures are common and can be deadly and disabling. Preventing the first fracture is the ultimate goal but if you have already suffered a low-trauma fracture, you are at high risk for another fracture and evaluation is urgent. Whether or not you have already suffered a fracture, we can help you move from being vulnerable to falls, fractures, and loss of independence to a place of strength and resilience.
Osteoporosis is a disease where decreased bone strength and thinning architecture significantly increases the risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one can’t feel bones weakening. Breaking a bone or loss of height is often the first sign of osteoporosis that a person may notice. Millions of Americans – 54 million to be exact – have low bone density or osteoporosis. In fact, about one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease causes an estimated two million broken bones every year.
Some people think of bones as hard and lifeless, but they are actually living, growing tissue. Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. As you age, you can lose more bone than you form. In addition, there are many health problems and a few medications that increase the likelihood of osteoporosis.
Continuity of Care Policy
We are committed to providing our patients with the best care possible, and feel strongly that continuity of care is integral to the delivery of care. Continuity of care is the process by which the patient and the physician are cooperatively involved in ongoing healthcare management with the goal of high quality, cost-effective medical care.
Payment and Insurance
The Strong Bones Program accepts Medicare and most major insurance plans. Please contact your insurance company to verify benefits prior to your visit or contact us with any questions. Your insurance may require you to pay a co-payment at the time of your appointment. (This is typically noted on the front or back of your insurance card.) Please bring your insurance card and photo ID to your appointment.
For more information, please visit the UW Medicine Billing & Insurance section.
To fax documents, please use the clinic fax number: 206.668.6178